Lady Spikers drops Lady Warriors for third straight win

The DLSU Lady Spikers barged back in the UAAP with the team’s championship form after an opening day defeat. Since the squad’s loss, the ladies have continued winning in straight sets. The team defeated UE earlier today at the Arena in San Juan.

Kim Fajardo was hailed the game’s best player as she provided quality minutes for the Coach Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. The backup rookie setter gave DLSU a load of points via her drop balls over the side of UE.


Complete dominance

The Lady Spikers started the match five to nothing before heading into the first technical timeout with, 8-2, on the board.

After the Taft-based squad extended the lead to 10, UE responded, scoring five straight points to trim DLSU’s lead to five, 13-8. The ladies in green, however, cruised easily to win the first set, 25-15.


Bench delivers finishing touch

The Taft-based ladies dominated the second set as the team gained an early, 8-1, lead.

The starters kept UE at bay until the second technical timeout of the set. The ladies from Taft boasted a 16-5 lead to give Coach De Jesus the luxury of allowing his bench players to play for experience.

Rookie Justine Tiu, followed by third year player Denice Tan, Sophomore Carol Cerveza, libero Rochelle Sison, and Cyd Demecillo entered the match. Despite the presence of UE’s starters, the Lady Warriors could not trim DLSU’s lead.

The Lady Spikers showed consistency in the crucial second set as the bench players maintained DLSU’s lead. Cerveza closed out the second set, 25-14, in favor of La Salle. She scored the last three points that won the set for the Lady Spikers.


Closing out strong

UE refused to give the game without a fight. The Dalistan-mentored ladies opened the third set 3-1. The team, however, failed to follow through as the Lady Spikers gained a, 16-6, lead by the second technical timeout of the third set.

Coach De Jesus decided to field his bench players again when DLSU lead, 21-11. The final set eventually ended, 25-13, to give the back-to-back champion team its third straight victory.

“[We should] never under estimate the opponent kahit anong team. Kailangang idefend ‘yung title,” concluded backup setter Fajardo at the end of the game.

The male counterpart of the Lady Spikers shares a contrasting record from that of the defending champion. The Green Spikers suffered its third defeat in four games in the hands of the NU Bulldogs earlier today.

Coach Ramil De Jesus’ wards will face the NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, December 19. The Lady Spikers currently stands at second place to tie with the AdU Lady Falcons.

Adiel Sam De Jesus

By Adiel Sam De Jesus

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